‘Doctor Sleep’ Director Mike Flanagan Adapting Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ into New Film

Mike Flanagan is returning to the Stephen King business by adapting his novel “Revival” into a new film that he may also direct…

Mike Flanagan is returning to the Stephen King business.

The writer/director, who created the popular Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” and also directed the film adaptation of King’s novel “Doctor Sleep,” is adapting another book from the master of horror.

Flanagan has now signed onto adapt King’s 2013 novel “Revival” for the big screen alongside his partner Trevor Macy.

Here’s the synopsis for “Revival”:

“In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
“Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.”

Flanagan is set to adapt the novel with an option to also direct the movie as well. While “Doctor Sleep” didn’t get massive returns at the box office, Flanagan’s adaptation was well-received and reviewed and now he’ll get another shot at one of King’s novels.

Flanagan is also working on a follow up to “The Haunting of Hill House” with a new series titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor” coming to Netflix in the near future.

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